February 20, 1998
PASCO, Wash. -- Washington State starter Wade Parrish threw his second career complete game and Steve Curran hit his third home run of the season to lead the Cougars to a 7-1 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs Friday afternoon at Posse Stadium.
Parrish (2-0) came out a little shaky in the first inning, allowing one run on two Bulldog (0-1) hits, but then settled down to dominate the Gonzaga lineup. After giving up a one-out single to Kevin Taylor in the third, he did not allow another Gonzaga hit until the ninth inning.
His five innings of no-hit ball between the fourth and eighth innings were accompanied by an outburst of all seven Cougar (4-3) runs. Parrish, a sophomore, finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts and three walks. Curran led the Cougars at the plate with his fifth inning home run that put WSU ahead to stay 3-1.
Scott Randall and Tri-City native Boyd Robertson each added a pair of hits in the Cougars' fourth win of the season and second straight victory.
In the Zags first game of 1998, starter Matt Siwek (0-1) had a solid outing, but tired in the fifth and gave up the Curran three-run blast to left center field. In five innings on the mound, Siwek was tagged for three runs on five Cougar hits. He struck out four and walked four. Third baseman Travis Knight led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-4 afternoon while scoring one run.
At the plate, WSU started slowly, then came alive in the fifth. A Steve Gleason walk and a Scott Randall hit-by-pitch set the table for WSU's cleanup hitter and Curran delivered. WSU continued its scoring in the next inning, this time off Gonzaga relief pitcher Tucker Urdahl. A Gleason two-run triple, Randall's one-run double and Shawn Stevenson's single accounted for WSU's final four runs.
Notable in the game was the sixth inning single by Stevenson, who extended his consecutive game hitting streak to a school record 25 contests. The streak includes the final 18 games of 1997 and the first seven this season. Stevenson broke the record of 22 games, which was set in 1988 by John Olerud, who now plays first base for the New York Mets.
WSU and Gonzaga will continue their weekend series here Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. single game, then finish up play Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in another single game. WSU's Jamaal Gaines (1-0) is expected the get the start Saturday against Steve Benner. All three games are being played at the home of the Tri-City Posse of the Western League.
Gonzaga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 6 1 WSU 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 x - 7 10 2 Matt Siwek, Tucker Urdahl (6) and Scott Asan. Wade Parrish and Jeff Scherer. W - Parrish (2-0), L - Siwek (0-1), S - None, HR - Curran (3). T - 2:38, A - 320. Gonzaga Hits - Knight 2, Taylor, Murrell, Asan, Gradishar. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Randall 2, Robertson 2, Curran, Mitchell, Grove, Scherer, Gleason. E - Robertson, Scherer, Workman. 2B - Randall (2), Grove (4), Asan (1). 3B - Gleason (2).